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Orthetrum sabina

• English name: Slender Skimmer
• German name: Schlanker Blaupfeil
• French name: N/A
• Dutch name: Slanke oeverlibel
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Orthetrum sabina

Distribution map Orthetrum sabina

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General ➤ a medium-sized, elongated species which in Europe occurs only on some Greek islands (e.g. Rhodes, Samos and Kos) and on Cyprus
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Libellulidae
Scientific name Orthetrum sabina (Drury, 1773)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • libellulids are 'sitters': males spend a lot of time perched at the water's edge, waiting for females
  • a restless, swift and fidgety species
Habitat • lakes, ponds and slow-flowing rivers
Dimensions • typical body length: 43-50 mm; hindwing: 28-33 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green-brown
 Thorax• the thorax is brown with a yellow antehumeral stripe and a yellow band on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is long and slender
  ➤ S1-S3 are noticeably bulbous in shape
  • S4-S7 are white with extensive black markings; S8-S10 are entirely black
  • the appendages are white
Photographs • all of our photos below were made on Cyprus and in Turkey

Orthetrum sabina; abdomen
Note the bulbous shape of S1-S3 in both the male (left) and female (right).

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1058 22/05/2016 11:40 Cyprus F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1059 26/05/2009 14:31 Turkey F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1060 26/05/2009 14:32 Turkey F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1061 26/05/2009 14:59 Turkey F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1065 26/05/2009 17:53 Turkey F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1066 26/05/2009 17:53 Turkey F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1067 20/05/2016 13:03 Cyprus F8 1/1250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1105 31/05/2009 16:57 Turkey F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1106 31/05/2009 16:58 Turkey F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1107 22/05/2016 11:38 Cyprus F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1108 31/05/2009 17:36 Turkey F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1116 01/06/2009 16:05 Turkey F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1117 01/06/2009 16:06 Turkey F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1118 01/06/2009 17:19 Turkey F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1119 01/06/2009 17:25 Turkey F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1120 01/06/2009 17:37 Turkey F5.6 1/350 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1121 09/06/2013 12:37 Turkey F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1122 09/06/2013 12:41 Turkey F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1196 05/06/2009 14:28 Turkey F5.6 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1210 09/06/2013 12:44 Turkey F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF